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'''Nellallitea "Nella" Larsen''', born '''Nellie Walker''' (April 13, 1891 – March 30, 1964), was an American novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. Working as a nurse and a librarian, she published two novels, ''Quicksand (Larsen novel)|Quicksand'' (1928) and ''Passing (novel)|Passing'' (1929), and a few short stories. Though her literary output was scant, she earned recognition by her contemporaries. A revival of interest in her writing has occurred since the late 20th century, when issues of racial and sexual identity have been studied. Her works have been the subjects of numerous academic studies.
Birth nameNellie Walker
Birth date{{Birth date|1891|04|13}}
Birth placeChicago, Illinois
Death date{{Death date and age|1964|03|30|1891|04|13}}
Death placeBrooklyn, New York City
Nationality| other_names = Nellallitea Larsen, Nellye Larson, Nellie Larsen, Nella Larsen Imes
EthnicityAfro Caribbean, Danish American
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Alma materFisk University, Lincoln Hospital (Bronx, New York)|Lincoln Hospital nursing school, New York Public Library|NYPL Library School at Columbia University
OccupationNovelist, librarian, nurse
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